Translated from French by Arabella E. Moore, this is an example of the growing body of historiographical texts that began to appear in the late 1890s into the turn of the twentieth century. The work borrows heavily from previously published materials for sections on primitive and ancient dances. As with other authors of this era, "modern dances" are considered to be pavane, gavot, rigodon, and minuet. In keeping with a renewed interest in the reconstruction of Renaissance and Baroque dances, the manual includes a chapter, "Revival of Popular Old Dances." A chapter on "contemporary dances" includes polka quadrilles, Boston, mazurka, and cotillon (also known as the German).